El Calentano

corner of Bristol Street and Central Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
El Calentano is a taco truck in Santa Ana. It serves food from the Tierra Caliente—the Hot Lands, which span the states of Michoacán and Guerrero—in full meals, which is a rarity in OC’s taco truck scene. Here, you can get a plate of five Michoacán-style enchiladas (folded in half instead of rolled up) filled with beans, topped by a gargantuan slice of cecina or chicken: spicy, and hella filling. Even better is the mole, which exists nowhere else in la naranja. It’s almost like a Sri Lankan curry, so astringent and furtively hellish yet delicious it is. And El Calentano also makes the largest quesadilla I’ve ever seen in Southern California: an expanse of masa as long as a your forearm. The woman who runs the truck makes all the tortillas handmade, which means the quesadilla is as cheesy as it is a corn dream.

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